Medical Assisting (D.A.S.)

The Medical Assisting program prepares a multi-skilled graduate to function in clinical and administrative areas of the physician's office and ambulatory care centers. Medical assistants work under the supervision of a physician and are competent in both administrative and clinical procedures. Medical assisting is an exciting and rapidly-expanding health care profession.

Graduates of the program have an opportunity to pursue an Associate in Applied Science Degree in General Technology, with a major in Medical Assisting.

Administrative duties of the medical assistant include scheduling and receiving patients, preparing and maintaining medical records, transcribing medical dictation, handling telephone calls, performing basic clerical functions and managing medical practice finances.

Clinical duties of the medical assistant include: practicing safety and infection control, obtaining patient histories and vital signs, performing first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation, preparing patients for procedures, assisting the physician with examinations and treatments, collecting and processing specimens, performing selected diagnostic tests and administering medication.

The medical assistant must work well with people, have good communication skills, like a variety of work experiences, be accurate in work performance and be trustworthy with confidential information.

Medical Assisting graduates may earn the CMA (Certified Medical Assistant) credential by passing the National Certifying examination. Felons are not eligible to take this examination unless a waiver is granted by the AAMA (American Association of Medical Assistants). Students enrolled in this program must be enrolled on a full-time basis.

The Medical Assisting Diploma program at Piedmont Technical College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs: 25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, Florida, 33763 (727) 210-2350.

CAAHEP requires all Medical Assisting Programs to share with the public one or more measurable program outcomes. In compliance with this requirement, Piedmont Technical College presents the following five-year weighted average program outcomes achievement for the Medical Assisting Diploma Program:

  • 94% Retention
  • 72.34% Positive Placement 
  • 100% Employer Satisfaction 
  • 100% Graduate Satisfaction 

Among the 2016 cohort, 78% of graduates received positive job placement.

Admission: Acceptance into Piedmont Technical College’s MED program is competitive and is limited to 20 students to begin fall semester. See the college calendar or website for application dates.

 

Required Courses

Day Program

GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES Credit Hours
BIO 112 Basic Anatomy & Physiology 4.0
ENG 101 English Composition I 3.0
MAT 155 Contemporary Mathematics 3.0
PSY 201 General Psychology 3.0
     
Subtotal   13.0
     
REQUIRED CORE SUBJECT AREAS Credit Hours
MED 103 Medical Assisting Introduction 3.0
MED 104 Medical Assisting Administrative Procedures 4.0
MED 107 Medical Office Management 4.0
MED 108 Common Diseases of the Medical Office 3.0
MED 114 Medical Assisting Clinical Procedures 4.0
MED 115 Medical Office Lab Procedures I 4.0
MED 117 Clinical Practice 5.0
MED 118 Pharmacology for the Medical Assistant 4.0
     
Subtotal   31.0
     
OTHER COURSES REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION Credit Hours
AHS 102 Medical Terminology 3.0
CPT 101 Clinical Practice 3.0
     
Subtotal   6.0
     
Total Credit Hours   50.0

* Major Studies Courses: Completion of the Diploma in Applied Science with a major in Medical Assisting requires three (3) semesters upon acceptance to the major studies coursework.

 

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Purpose Statement

The purpose of the CAAHEP accredited Medical Assisting Program at Piedmont technical College is to prepare competent certified medical assistants to perform in entry level positions in ambulatory health care settings. These medical assistants will assume responsibility for life-long learning and professional growth as well as become a contributing member of the community.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

Learners who complete the Medical Assisting degree will be able to:

  1. Perform all medical assisting skills at entry level competency.
  2. Demonstrate and utilize the principles of medical asepsis and standard precautions, as well as other safety precautions.
  3. Recognize emergency situations and respond appropriately to emergency care techniques in various life-threatening situations.
  4. Obtain and effectively chart all pertinent patient data.
  5. Apply knowledge and skills of various clinical procedures such as vitals, laboratory testing, and other diagnostic and medical procedures.
  6. Utilize and interpret medical terminology.
  7. Demonstrate basic pharmacology, dosage calculations, and route for administration of medications.
  8. Provide education to patients, families, and other care givers on various health care including preventative and treatment regimes. 
  9. Demonstrate an understanding of appropriate and effective application of legal and ethical standards of practice.
  10. Demonstrate a working knowledge of the human body including structure, function and basic pathologies.
  11. Accurately maintain healthcare records, upholding all laws, regulations and applications of legal concepts to the health care practice and the medical assisting scope of practice.
  12. Apply current medical insurance guidelines in billing and ICD-10 and CPT coding.
  13. Communicate effectively with patients and other health care providers.
  14. Competently function within the interdisciplinary health care team.

Program Goals

The educational goals of the Medical Assisting Program at Piedmont Technical College are founded upon the learning domains established by Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs and those adopted by the American Association of Medical Assistants.

The Core Curriculum for Medical Assistants (2015) as established by the Medical Assisting Review Board (MAERB) is utilized to prepare graduates for a career in an ambulatory health care setting that requires a multi-skilled health professional, performing both clinical and administrative duties. 

The educational goals also include the Medical Assisting Program educating students enabling them to graduate as professional practitioners proficient in all entry level competencies as set forth in the MAERB curricula. The curriculum is designed to instruct and assess students in achievement of cognitive, psychomotor and affective domain learning objectives as established by the MAERB in order to meet the educational goals.

The educational goals also include the Medical Assisting Program assessing the needs of the local community through the local advisory board and other various avenues and providing an educational program for Medical Assistants to meet their needs and respond to changes giving graduates the best possible opportunity for local employment.

The educational goals also include the Medical Assisting Program preparing graduates for the Certified Medical Assistant examination through quality curriculum, instruction, practice and assessment.

Program goals are consistent with the philosophy and mission of the College. Appropriateness of the goals and learning domains is assessed regularly by the Program Director/ Practicum Coordinator, Faculty as well as through consultation with the Medical Assisting Advisory Board.

Specifically, the minimum expectation is to “prepare competent entry-level medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains.”

  1. Psychomotor skills are to be demonstrated and assessed through instructor demonstration, open lab time, practice and “check-offs.  Each psychomotor skill must be performed competently at entry level. Graduates must be able to perform all skills at entry level.
  2. Affective skills are to be demonstrated and assessed through presentations, written, verbal or non-verbal means at entry level. Graduates must demonstrate all affective skills at entry level.
  3. Cognitive knowledge is demonstrated and assessed by quizzes, assignments, projects, games, internet research, papers and written exams utilizing the grading scale established by the Medical Assisting program. Cognitive knowledge must be applied to practice and is assessed by written means within the program and by taking the CMA examination upon completion of the program.

 

Semester-by-semester Graduation Plan

Medical Assisting (MED1)